One of the biggest games of the Premier League season takes place on Saturday afternoon as Tottenham host bitter North London rivals Arsenal at Wembley.
Over the last few years the balance of power appears to have shifted to Spurs, who have mounted modest title challenges of the last couple of seasons, while Arsenal’s dominance of the early 2000’s is all but a distant memory.
The Gunners are currently five points off the top four and have a shocking away record this season, while Spurs trail 4th placed Chelsea by a single point and have become very strong at their temporary home, Wembley, after a shaky start.
So who will come away with all three points on Saturday afternoon? Our writers discuss below.
Question: Who will win the North London Derby?
It’s be a low-scoring draw.
It’s not what the neutrals want to hear but it feels like there’s almost too much riding on this game – and the Premier League has a recurring knack of overhyping matches that turn out to be damp squibs.
Simply put, defeat for either side would put a gigantic dent in their top four hopes, and when two talented sides can’t afford to lose it’s usually the case that neither does, regardless of what attacking quality they might have.
Troublingly too, there’s been just one scoreless draw in this game since the turn of the millennium. We might well be due one, although I do think a 1-1 is more likely.
Over the last few weeks, the Premier League has spoiled us with big games worthy of any stage. We love to say that’s why it’s the best league in the world, but in truth these games are usually few and far between.
Both the Arsenal and Spurs have been involved in thrillers of late, but these are usually just the top six clashes that stick in the mind, not the dull affairs they often turn out to be.
Arsenal’s record at Wembley is stunning, but their away form is equally mind boggling – just in a different way.
That means something probably has to give here. But in reality, both teams will probably have one eye on their respective European fixtures coming up in midweek, which are arguably bigger than any game the Premier League can serve up – even a game as meaningful as the North London derby.
For Spurs, their European adventure has already proven to be a highlight of their season, and they’ll want to continue that. For Arsenal, they will probably have to win the Europa League to salvage something from the wreckage of the first half of their season.
For that reason, I’m going for a draw.
I’m going with Arsenal to do the double over Spurs, but it will be a tight game.
Tottenham don’t give many goals away, but with new signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan shining in last week’s thrashing of Everton, I can see them putting a few past Lloris.
It has all the makings of an exciting but tense game, similar to Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea earlier in the season but, like it did then, I can see Tottenham’s London rivals coming out on top.
Historically, the North London derby isn’t an easy game to predict. But if you are willing to take a position on the big rivalry game this Saturday, we have an Premier League outright win treble that will pay out handsomely! In this week’s Accy Show, we’ve also put together a fantastic EFL fourfold, with odds that could see you earn ten times your stake. Check it out and let us know where you’re putting your coins this weekend!